Salsa life - men vs women

Discussion in 'Just Dance' started by Offbeat, Oct 14, 2017.

  1. Marcos

    Marcos Son Montuno

    He's a Japanese guy, DJing for a Japanese salsa crowd in a small city in Japan. I predict a more likely reaction to be a strong sucking sound with his head moving slightly to the right as the shoulders tilt slightly upward.

    I don't know, because none of it was stuff I listen to, I would qualify most of it as second rate salsa romantica/pop salsa, and a few odd tracks like volare by Son Boricua. I'll never know how he figures out what salsa he should get and play. There's great DJs in Fukuoka, and I also know a Casino teacher who I understand her Cuban selections, not this guy.

    It's very hard to influence the DJs when they don't speak either English or Spanish.
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  2. Peason

    Peason Son

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  3. DJ Yuca

    DJ Yuca El Sabroso de Conguero

    I know similar DJs over here, who also play that version of Volare. (Actually most have gone into retirement since the salsa scene contracted.) You'll probably find that they play tunes like that because they have English language sections. For people with little to no Spanish and no particular passion for salsa music, things like that make a tune stand out.
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  4. DJ Yuca

    DJ Yuca El Sabroso de Conguero

    I disagree. If you're going to be a salsa DJ you should have at least enough Spanish to take very basic requests, regardless of where in the world you are DJing.
  5. Aurel

    Aurel Sonero

    So are we assuming now that people on salsa parties are naturally gonna speak Spanish and make requests to the DJ in Spanish? Why should that assumption be universal and applied to non-latino countries? I do understand that listening to/dancing salsa might influence the people to learn spanish, but you are still probably more approachable if you speak an international language that is spoken by most people in that region (that language might be english, but also spanish, mandarin, russian, etc.)

    I see no sense in recommending the DJs to learn spanish so that they can take requests from the dancers in spanish. I would however consider learning spanish to be a good idea so that they understand the lyrics of the song and so gain better understanding of the music and where and when particular song matches a certain mood.
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  6. granrey

    granrey Sonero

    I don't think a person should learn Spanish as requirement to be a Salsa DJ. That would be discrimination in my books.
  7. Marcos

    Marcos Son Montuno

    That is a valid reason, unfortunately as you can see from the responses to your post there's a group that doesn't even understand what you mean. It will be more challenging for a person that doesn't understand Spanish to understand the name of the song the requester is asking for, regardless of whether the requester even speaks Spanish themselves. Say they ask for "El Trigueño Cintura" by La Maxima 79, and they speak fast, saying setentinueve rather than seventynine and the DJ doesn't understand spanish and gets confused even after repeated attempts, so they end up not playing the track even when they actually have it.

    You beat me to it regarding lyrics. I hope my explanation about taking requests will change your mind.
  8. DJ Yuca

    DJ Yuca El Sabroso de Conguero

    I said: enough Spanish to take very basic requests. In other words, if someone says the name of an artist and/or song title and they don't speak too quickly, a salsa DJ should be able to understand what is said. Likewise if someone says something such as salsa cubana, the DJ should be able to understand. Anyone with a passion for the music they play will learn that much.
  9. granrey

    granrey Sonero

    sorry I get what you are saying.

    However, I have requested couple Latin DJ for songs and usually I'm better off typing it for them.
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  10. noobster

    noobster Pattern Police

    I think it's self-perpetuating.

    There are a few minor reasons salsa may appeal more to younger people vs other dance forms: it's fast and requires good balance and reflexes, and also there's more of a 'sexy' aesthetic that older people may feel less comfortable with.

    Beyond that, once the population gets slanted toward the young, older people will start to avoid it because they feel out of place or aren't getting dances - thus perpetuating the problem. So I don't think the bias for younger dancers would need to be very extreme to start with in order to end up very noticeable in a short time.
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  11. Marisha

    Marisha Descarga

    Younger dancers add more sexiness, but mature dancers can add more elegance. Salsa is not only about sexiness it is also about elegance and stylishness.
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  12. Offbeat

    Offbeat Maestro 'Fania' Pacheco

    Long time no see :) glad you are still checking in!

    Agree that asthetics part can keep the older folks away or make them more uncomfortable.

    Question is what is older and what is younger. I don't think most youngsters (those in 20s) prefer salsa or partner dancing with some exceptions. They prefer night clubs, raves, music festivals, drinking etc. The hookup culture for those in twenties seem to be through the roof and anything that facilitates that is where they gravitate towards. At least the ones I know. Salsa is too difficult of a skill for the impatient lot.

    Older crowd if they dance well, definitely gets dances. At least locally when they go out.
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